Before all that, whether it was director James Mangoldís intention or not, weíre treated to a post X-MEN THE LAST STAND Logan living in the wild like an animal. The brief story this provides is reminiscent of a Spider-Man five part series called PERCEPTIONS, guest starring Wolverine. In the comic, a Wendigo is spotted in the mountains where some kids have been found dead. Everyone automatically pins in on the Wendigo and try to kill it. Wolverine ainít having that shit, and gets the real story his way. This bit with the grizzly bear felt like a wink in this direction and I absolutely loved it.
The main story follows another popular comic series for Logan, and whatís great about it is that they actually explore his character rather than just point at bad guys for him to slice and dice. Itís these moments of inner struggle that shine. Putting Wolverine in Japan with ninjaís, samurai and a plot to steal his healing factor is done with much more finesse and intelligence than youíd think to find in a summer comic book flick, which again, adds to the flavor.
Hugh Jackman is the man. Pure and simple. Itís been thirteen years since he first donned the claws and the characterís lost none of his potency. Jackman can channel Logan at will, and continues to peel back new layers for us to enjoy. Heís also in peak physical form, I mean d-a-m-n, dude is jacked to the max. His Japanese counterparts are equally impressive here, and my mindís still reeling at the fact that co-stars, Tao Okamoto (Mariko) and Rila Fukushima (Yukio) are first time actresses. Well done, ladies.
THE WOLVERINE is the best comic book film Iíve seen this summer, and is an overall excellent stand-alone chapter in Loganís life. The Silver Samurai battle was a little over the top, and I didnít care for femme fatal, Viper (she was pretty damn lame to be honest), but these are minor complaints that didnít manage to rob me of my grin. Add to that, the best post credit scene Marvelís made to date (they should truly be ashamed of the IRON MAN 3 post credit scene), and youíve got a damn good reason to hit this up. At the end of the day, itís impossible to embody a comic series accurately into a film. Thereís no fancy way of putting it, thatís just the way it is. And itís for this reason I didnít go down too hard on ORIGINS, because it was another chance to see a Marvel character I love on the big screen. No, Iím not condoning a lazy film, Iím simply trying to be realistic. Thankfully, this time around we get something special. Iím looking forward to DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (and praying it doesnít suck), as well as another solo round or two from our adamantium clawed hero.
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Tour: A three minute tease of whatís to come in DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. Please god, make this flick own all kinds of ass.
Alternate Ending: What can I say about this one, other than, f*cking A. If youíre a big fan, youíve no doubt already caught this on the net. If not, prepare to smile wide.
THE WOLVERINE: Second Screen App: These second screen things are being pushed at us like theyíre all the rage, but personally Iím not feeling them. Each to their own though.
Previews: There are a slew of trailers as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.